We are ringing in a New Year in just an hour or so. Hopefully, this year will be one in which our expectations are met, lives are changed for the better, and life is all-around great! We have gone through some hard times during 2008, with the economy being very low, many people losing their jobs because of companies either closing or having to cut back. There are so many people just barely hanging on and waiting for better times to come their way. Perhaps this year will bring them a better outlook on life.
Remember that God is ready to listen to you when you call upon Him for your need. In His Word, it says "Philippians 4:19, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." So, don't give up; there is an answer for you.
We wish each of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2009.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We all want to make sure our family is well protected if something should happen to us. One of the main ways to make sure our family is taken care of is to have mortgage insurance.
NAA Life is your mortgage protection center. They offer a variety of plans to meet your budget and your needs for insurance. The largest debt that most families have is the mortgage for their home. The mortgage protection insurance is a special life insurance that will pay off your mortgage debt if you should die.
If you were in a fatal car accident, it would probably put your family in a hardship if you didn’t have the appropriate insurance to ease their pain. The mortgage protection insurance will help ease the financial burden your family could face. If you put a custom mortgage protection plan in place before your death, whether it is from cancer, heart attack, stroke, injury, or death, your family will not lose their home.
Financial burdens can be hard on a family who has just lost a loved one. Term life insurance pays a cash benefit to your family in case of your death. This can assure them that they can pay the bills and even pay the funeral expenses. You can get a free quote through NAA Life for a cheap term life insurance that will not break your budget, yet have your family fully protected.
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I read a very interesting comment today online. It talked about the two buckets in life. One if the bucket of blessings and the other is all the things we deem as being unfair to us.
We complain about all sorts of things: the weather, sickness, life in general, our kids, our spouse, our jobs – you get the picture! We seldom gear our minds to focus on all the blessings that God has given to us.
I am sure, if we were to sit down and count our blessings, they far out number those things in the other bucket of life. To be living is a blessing. So many are dying on the streets or in the war as I type.
We complain about our jobs. At least, those of us working have a job! There are countless thousands who do not have a job and nothing in sight for them. Many are being laid off of their jobs now and it could be a long time before they ever get another job with the economy the way it is.
We live in a fairly free country where life is good, although many times we complain about it. We are able to eat, even if we are homeless, if we find a shelter geared to the homeless. Many shelters provide sleeping and eating arrangements for these people.
We have freedom of religion and I have a great church that I enjoy. I love the members and the pastor and his wife. Lots of third world countries don’t allow you to worship as you please. For this, we in the US should be very thankful!
We may not be numbered among the very rich, but we are rich, nevertheless! We have our health, a house to live in that is paid for, a car to drive, children and grandchildren who are healthy and who have never been in trouble.
I am more than rich in that I know Christ as my personal Savior. That is the more important blessing any of us can have in our bucket of blessings! I pray that blessing is indeed in your bucket for the coming new year
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Posted by Barbara at 4:08 PM
AA Transportation provides reliable limousine service for most of New England. The company is your best choice for all occasion transportation. They cover wedding parties, prom limos, and also limos for company parties.
The Limo Service is based in Shrewsberry, Massachusetts. AA Transportation also has four facilities located in Central Massachusetts. They provide limo service, contact service, and charter service for New England including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
AA Transportation has a large fleet of limousines including a Cadillac Escalade Limousine, an activity coach, and a Lincoln stretch limousine. For those young people who love adventure, they have the Hummer Limo for their prom outings. There is nothing more exciting than for those High School teenagers to go to their first Prom in a Hummer Limo. If you plan to take a group of people on a tour, check out their Party Bus Rentals.
Safety is AA Transportation’s number one priority. You can travel with them with confidence, knowing you are in the best of hands. Every driver is CORI checked, and given random drug and alcohol tests. Your night out does not have to be spent worrying if you are going to have a good time. Each trip with them should be a night to remember, whether it a birthday, anniversary, or a company outing. They make it special just for you.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008
God created Adam and then caused him to go into a deep sleep. He removed one of Adam’s ribs and formed a woman, later named Eve.
Genesis 2:23, "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."While reading that scripture tonight, it reminded me of my deceased father-in-law. I often smile when I think about this. But, I never heard him call my mother-in-law anything but ‘the woman’ when he was talking to someone about her. . He would say, ‘tell the woman someone wants her’, or the woman will have to do so and so’. I often wondered how he came about calling her that. Perhaps he read what Adam had said and took it to heart. She was 9 days short of 18 and he lacked 3 ½ months being 17 when they married. They lived together for 66 ½ years until she died. I believe they had a happy marriage and it never bothered her to be referred to as ‘the woman’. It still brings a smile to my face!
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LA Police Gear carries the top brands in police gear. They are the official home of Operation Tactical Apparel by LA Police Gear, Inc. They are also a full line dealer of the 5.11 Tactical Series. You can buy any two of these 5.11 items and free shipping, free return shipping and a free hat with a coupon code they provide.
LA Police Gear also carries a great line of Surefire Flashlights, batteries, holsters for the flashlights, and conversion kits. Surefire Flashlights manufactures powerful and reliable illumination tools. You cannot go wrong when you purchase any Surefire item.
While you are shopping, don’t forget to check out the closeouts. There are only limited quantities and the items are on a first come first serve basis.
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There are only three days left in 2008. I know many of us feel like the days, weeks, and months have just flown by. I remember, when I was younger, it seemed Christmas would never get here. Time just hung in space. Now, since I'm older, it seems time passes by entirely too quickly. It seems the summer has just ended and yet, the New Year is about to begin.
Our only granddaughter finished High School in May. She started to work in June and will start college next month. Our son and his wife had their second child, another son, who was born in July. He had to have surgery in November and did great. His brother turned 10 in November, too. Both of our daughter's younger sons play soccer. The youngest played for the Premier traveling team in the fall, then he started playing basketball. The older one is playing inside soccer this Winter. He is also on the Varsity Soccer team at school. They will be playing in the Spring. They have both been here since Christmas, but the younger one had to go home today to be at basketball practice the next two days.
And, today, I had a first! We have had a 3 Wheeler since our daughter was 12. She turned 38 today. Well, the little boys Daddy bought them a 4 Wheeler last summer and it is here in our basement. The chain keeps coming off. The older son was up on the hills riding this afternoon and the chain came off. Now, I've never ridden on the 4 Wheeler and didn't want to, although I love the 3 Wheeler. It is bigger and easier to handle for me. But, there was nobody here to help him get it back to the basement. So, he asked me to come help him. He got the 3 Wheeler and chained it to the front of the 4 Wheeler and off we went. It was scary, not having control of the vehicle you are on! It wouldn't stop quick enough and I was either running beside him, trying to not hit him, or hitting him. And I broke the cover over the back light on the 3 Wheeler by hitting him when I couldn't stop. But, thank goodness we made it down across all those hills, bumps, and between the trees without having a wreck. I know he thinks his Nanny is a poor driver. He kept saying, 'don't get scared', but he's not my age, and he doesn't have a 'bionic' hip! I broke my hip 7 years ago and have a complete hip replacement and I had thought I didn't really want to try that. But I'm glad it's back in the basement and they won't have to go after it when my husband gets home tonight.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful and prosperous year in 2008. And may the Lord bless you with a wonderful life during 2009. Keep Him in your plans and He will surely do that.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Skiing is a great sport. And National Alpine Ski Camp is the place to send your children for training. They have some of the best coaches you will find anywhere. There is a 6 to 1 ratio with students to coaches. This ensures that every athlete learned effectively. And, they also will tailor a ski training program for an individual according to their needs. They supervise all campers 24/7, so you never have to worry about your children.
The NASC is a ski camp where you can train to ski and race during the morning. Then, in the afternoon, they have many things to do that are fun. Some of these activities are volleyball, mini golf, tennis, white water rafting, and croquet. So your child will never be bored at this camp.
After all the work out during the day, they are served a great meal and meet with their coach for an analysis. After all the play, they get a good night’s rest in a condo on the golf course. This is in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
There are still openings for the summer camp. You can register your child for summer camp online, or call their toll-free number. There is a deposit that is required for all registrations.
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It is now Saturday and we are still eating left overs. I have to admit I am upset because the potato salad didn't last long enough. But the story of that is the fact my son always has to have some to take home. He took more home this year than usual, although his wife doesn't eat it. Then, he came by and ate lunch with us today!
Two of my daughter's sons stayed over with us Christmas night. They are still here but may be going home in the morning. They have been busy playing basketball and riding the three wheeler and four wheeler. There are mountains of red mud that the contractors for the bingo hall had built behind our house and these boys have had a ball riding up and down those mountains and through the red mud! I have been busy washing blue jeans and jackets, trying to get them clean for them to ride again! Thank goodness it's in the 70's here today or they'd be ruining another hoodie! I had a time getting red mud out of one of their grey jackets. The youngest son got a new Alabama hoodie and he had worn it out there and it was splattered with mud. I just knew it wouldn't come out, but, thank goodness it did!
I have been lazy the past two days, only doing what I had to do. I've cooked a little (waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage for supper last night and waffles this morning for the boys), but the rest of the time, it's been leftovers or hot dogs. Tonight, it will be left overs again. I even have some left over chili that I could serve up.
I really need to wash my hair since my beautician didn't work yesterday, but I've been too lazy to do it today. I hate to have to fix it myself anymore. If my beautician ever quits, I don't know what I will do. My grandson also love for her to cut his hair, but she's not in the shop this weekend, so he's missed the chance to get it cut. He has to be home before 3PM Monday for basketball practice, and she doesn't work again until Tuesday. So that's out for him.
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Many women have a hard time finding a shoe that fits their foot since they wear a larger shoe than normally carried in a store. I am one of those women that wears Size 12 womens shoes. And I have also had to resort to buying shoes online. Not only women who wear traditional sizes, but also those women, who wear larger sizes, can find a good selection of shoes at Samanta.
Samanta shoes provide style and comfort in their shoes. They have boots, shoes for special occasions, and sandals. These come in wide and narrow sizes. Samanta also provides fitting assistance if you need it.
Samanta offers free shipping both ways by UPS so you can try their shoes on in the comfort of your own home. Your order should arrive at your home within 3-5 days. They also provide you with a pre-paid return label in case you need to return the shoes to the store for any reason.
Samanta also ships international. A purchase of two pair of shoes is required on these orders to save the customer shipping charges. Customers are required to pay the custom and duties on the shoes. They also ship UPS unless otherwise asked. Samanta also makes available international wholesale opportunities in order to provide larger sized shoes in other countries where they might not otherwise be available.
You may want to sign up for their announcements and special offers by email. While there, grab the code to receive $50 off your first purchase of shoes. This is a great offer!
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Posted by Barbara at 12:41 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And, I am not politically correct, so I wish you 'Merry Christmas'. May God bless each of you and your families this Christmas with health and happiness. It is not about what we get from everyone, but the way we view life through Jesus. Too many think Christmas is all about gift-giving. I love to give gifts to my kids and grandkids, but that is only a part of this season. The main thing is to remember that God sent His Son that we might live a life without bondage, free in Him, and on the road to eternity with Him and His Son, Jesus. I pray each of you know Him as your personal Saviour this Christmas.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
No matter how much we would love to see good morals exhibited by everyone on the planet, it will never happen. God gave us free will to do whatever we wanted to do, and many take it to the extreme.
Pornography has a big hold on many of our citizens. But, making it a crime has not made a dent in the number of people who still seek out pornography. Being a Christian does not ensure that a person is free of the addiction to porn. But we Christians need to love those that are addicted, pray for them, and trust God to heal them of the addiction.
Morality can be legislated, but the hearts of men cannot be. Adultery would continue to be practiced regardless of how many laws our government passed. It’s just in man’s secular nature to do things he feels are right for him, regardless of how much it hurts others, or even how wrong it might be by law. A real alcoholic will find some way to drink even if it is unlawful. Many counties in our state are ‘dry counties’, meaning liquor is not sold in any form in those counties. Probably as many people are drinking in those counties as in those counties that are ‘wet’. They just buy it in a wet county and take it over the county line.
The heart of man can only be changed by an inward change through the blood of Jesus. In other words, unless a man’s heart is changed, immorality will continue to reign in his/her heart.
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Posted by Barbara at 10:08 PM
If you are looking for Austin TX Real Estate, then Home City is the place to go. They have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable Realtors in the business. Home City makes it easy to find Austin Real Estate by supplying you with aerial photographs and virtual tours online, regardless of who the agent happens to be.
You can also list your present home for sale. Home City knows how to market your house to make it more apt to sell. And they will also help you get your house ready to sell. They will tell you what improvements to do in order to help your house bring a better price. They teach you to make sure the outside as well as the inside is kept in top-notch shape. Curb appeal is very important when putting your house on the market.
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*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a 'Holiday'.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
not Happy Holiday!*
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
There are many out there in cyberspace hunting ways to make money on the Internet. Whether it is taking surveys, or writing, we all can find a place that best suits our needs. In my quest for different ways to make money, I ran across a very nice place called Snapbomb that features blog advertising. This is the best way for an advertiser to get their products before a large number of people.
Snapbomb seems to be one of the better places where you find blog marketing. After you join Snapbomb, they will monitor your site to see how much it is worth. When they finish monitoring, then Snapbomb lets you know how much each opportunity will pay you. It takes about 24 hours for the process to work, and then you are given your first opportunity to make money.
Just like with other moneymaking sites, the advertisers will pay you for reviewing their products, press releases, or the services they render. But one of the things to remember when writing is to put buzzwords in your blog post. This way others can find your posts and generate more traffic to the advertiser. You benefit by making money and the company makes money from people who visit their sites. Also, Snapbomb makes it easy to find opportunities to write about that interest you and fits right in with the content on your personal blog.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
While reading the Olive Tree Ministries newsletter today, I came across a great truth which I am putting here on my blog:
The Bible still has all the answers, the Holy Spirit is still active, God will still inhabit the praises of His people, there will still be room at the cross, and Jesus will still return sooner rather than later to the holy city of Jerusalem. There is coming a perfect government -- a Theocracy, under the headship of the King of kings.So, look up fellow Christians. "There's a God Somewhere" as a favorite song says. He's within you, but he's also coming back for you, and perhaps 'sooner rather than later' as Jan Markell says in her newsletter.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
If you are interested in anything for night vision such as binoculars, goggles, scopes, or cameras, you should visit OpticsPlanet.com. This is a great online superstore with a great selection of night vision products. They sell night vision devices from some of the best night vision suppliers including Bushnell Night Vision, Yukon Night Vision, and Night Owl Optics Night Vision.
Regardless of your need for night vision products, Optics Planet has it. If you are a nature lover, hunter, security personnel, or perhaps in law enforcement, there are night vision items that you will like. They are also a DOD and DHS military night vision equipment supplier of US-made ITT night vision cameras, along with products from other night vision companies, to the US Military. Optics Planet has a large variety of military and tactical gear. Check out their full list of military supplies.
You can find all their night vision products by price, brand, type, or generation. Optics Planet also wants their customers to be well-formed, so they have added a product review page to their site. Be sure to visit their Night Vision Reviews and check them out by brand. Check out their night vision forum for questions you might have. But, if you cannot find the answer there, Optics Planet has night vision experts on staff that will be able to answer your questions.
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I know women love to shop! Some of us love to 'shop 'til we drop', something I did quite frequently when I was younger. As I've grown 'more mature', I have decided I can do without a day of shopping. I go and look for the things I have gone for and then go home. If I don't find them in a reasonable amount of time, then I go home. I'm not able to keep shopping until the stores close like I once could.
What motivates you to go shopping? Is it the constant crying of your children wanting something new like a computer game or Playstation game? Is it your husband wanting some new clothes? Or, do you just want to go out and do something besides house cleaning or working on the job?
Once, I would go shopping on the drop of a pin. If there was something that we needed, I'd gladly go shopping, even with the kids. Now, though, it's the hardest thing for me to get up, get ready, and just take off shopping. I often put it off until it's almost too late in the day to even be going out. Maybe that's my way of not shopping and spending too much. I have been known, though, to shop all day and to not bring home a thing. Maybe that's the kind of shopping our husbands like so we don't spend more than our budget will allow.
I haven't been motivated to even want to go Christmas shopping yet. I do have Saturday planned for a day of Christmas shopping with my daughter. We did this last year the day before Thanksgiving, but it wasn't possible this year with her and her daughter both working that day. So we are doing it Saturday but I don't know if any of her kids will be with her,though. I do know we'll be making a mad dash through Penneys, considering my husband just told me today they are having to sales on Saturday and the first one starts at 6 AM. I wasn't prepared for that. But we only have two Saturdays before Christmas and I want to get my shopping done. And I also need my daughter to help me shop for her kids.
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Posted by Barbara at 3:14 PM
There are many things to consider when trying to decide upon your final Website Hosting company. First of all, you need to decide what function your site will serve. Are you a business needing a place for just for your products? Or, do you need the ability to connect with your employees through the Web?
Other things to consider are the price of hosting and do they have problems with their servers staying up. A business online is only as good as their hosting company. A company chances losing business if a perspective customer cannot get the site on their computer when they first try.
If you are looking for the best web hosting company, check out different web hosting companies at WebHostingReport.com. This will help you decide on the one that best fits your needs. When choosing a good web-hosting company, make sure their privacy policies match the privacy you need so security will not be breached for your customers
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Monday, December 08, 2008
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Here in the United States we are privileged to enjoy the freedom afforded us by our citizenship. But freedom isn't free. So many have laid down their lives for us to be able to say we live in a free nation.
But the one who paid the ultimate price for our freedom was Jesus Christ. He came to earth as the only begotten Son of God in order that each of us might be saved and have eternal life. And, when we make the choice to serve God, then we will know freedom like we have never known freedom before.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
If you are looking for a nice pair of sunglasses, you need go no farther than OpticsPlanet.com. They have sunglasses to please everyone, whether you need designer glasses, or just a pair of safety glasses. You will be sure to find the right pair that suits your personality and style.
Among the designer glasses, you will find those made especially for sports including golf, and tennis. They have top-of-the-line sunglasses including Ray-Ban, Julbo, Bolle, and Ralph.
If you need help in purchasing the correct pair of sunglasses for your need, you will find OpticsPlanet’s How to buy sunglasses guide. The main things to look for when buying a pair of fashion sunglasses is the fit, the frame and lens features, and whether you want a sports-specific pair of sunglasses.
There is a specific return policy at OpticsPlanet. You can return merchandise within 30 days for a full return or exchange, less shipping charges. If the merchandise is not defective, it must be returned in new condition (unopened, unused, untested, and resalable). When returning a product, you need to wrap it securely to prevent damage, insure it for the full value, and with shipping charges prepaid.
Whatever your need, you can be assured that the glasses are guaranteed 100% new. And, for all orders over $29.95, there is free ground shipping. OpticsPlanet.com has secure online ordering. They also guarantee every credit card purchase you make will be safe.
Posted by Barbara at 10:15 PM
Xerox is running a program called "Let's say thanks" in support of all our troops overseas. You can visit the Xerox website and choose a card that will be printed. You include your name, city, and state and pick a message to be printed in the card. The designs of the cards have all been drawn by school children. They are sent to troops all over the world who are fighting for our freedom in the United States. And, they are mailed by Xerox free!
Your card will make some soldier happy to know that we in the US are very supportive all they do in support of our country.
Posted by Barbara at 8:56 PM
Thursday, December 04, 2008
The Nikon Hunting Christmas Promotion brings the hunter in your family some great deals this Christmas season. When you make a purchase from a wide range of binoculars, Nikon ProGear will give you a $25 or $50 gift card.
The presentation of Nikon’s Ultimate Hunting Package by Lee and Tiffany Lakosky includes a ProStaff Riflescope, which is waterproof, shock proof, and fog proof. The package also includes a ProStaff 550 Rangefinder, and a DVD that will help you master the Nikon BDC reticle. It will show you simple techniques to make your long-range shooting successful.
This Christmas season, why not make that special someone in your life happy by checking out this great Nikon promotion.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I call the Christmas Season "the Season of Love"...because God so loved the world he sent his only begotten Son - 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us' John 1:14 .
We all love this time of the year, but maybe for different reasons:
Where do you fit in among those reasons above? Me? I've felt myself become aware of others, their needs, their hurts, fears, joys, anticipations....but do they have love? Do WE have love in our hearts as God wants us to have. We don't have to buy expensive gifts to make others love us. We don't have to go out of our way to have an expensive Christmas, trying to outshine the 'Joneses'.
We only need to show love among our fellow men, the way our God showed us love so many years ago, sending his SON into the world that we might be saved. That's the greatest love that could ever be - by HIS GRACE we can have a new life with him.
Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.To read more of more of my devotions, visit Barbara's Entourage
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Are you looking for something special to give this Christmas? Why not visit Giftcard Lab and make a custom gift card for that special someone? You can design your own personal gift card by uploading an image of your choice.
A Visa gift card can be used anywhere, not just a specialty store. It can be used for gifts, groceries, gas, among other things.
Visa gift cards are also great gifts for employers to give to their employees. No need to go shopping for gifts; just give a Visa gift card.